Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings that puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.
—  Sigmund Freud 

In Carl Sagan’s last interview with Charlie Rose before his death, Carl describes the psychological/emotional influence of his parents’ death and the importance of scientific literacy amongst our culture.

The interview took place in the wake of the publishing of his book he co-wrote with Ann Druyan, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark, which the Los Angeles Times referred to as …a manifesto for clear thought.

Sagan’s profound and eloquent wisdom of rationality and skepticism couldn’t be more relevant today, as his words echo loudly across the perpetuated symptoms of scientific illiteracy which continue to shackle us…

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.

However…

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense…(and) We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.

Furthermore…

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Related: Carl Sagan describes death to his daughter, Sasha Sagan…

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
—  Kent M. Keith
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